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I've got some garlic that was beginning to sprout in the fridge. It's it possible to grow it in pots? 


  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,721
    Yes, but you may not get full sized bulbs, most garlic requires a cold period to produce bulbs that are divided into cloves. You may get large round bulbs that don't divide (they're still good to use though)
  • Many thanks. Will give it a go👍
  • EmerionEmerion Posts: 566
    Try it again in the autumn. Specialist seed-bulbs are a surer bet, but free going-over shop-bought are always worth a try - it depends where they came from as to how well they will do.  The more northerly, the better. Once you get going, you need never buy garlic or seed garlics again - save some cloves from your summer crop and bung them back in the ground in September. Most pests hate them and they don’t need much care apart from weeding
    Carmarthenshire (mild, wet, windy). Loam over shale, very slightly sloping, so free draining. Mildly acidic or neutral.

  • Brill. Many thanks for that. I don't know their origin but I might just wing it and see what happens. 
  • You can plant unsprouted or grew cloves of garlic, whether they are from affirmed illness free bulbs purchased from a nursery or bulbs purchased from a supermarket. Notwithstanding, numerous garlic bulbs sold in supermarkets are treated for longer time span of usability, making them more challenging to develop.

  • Aaaaagh. Thanks for that. Mags
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,013
    edited April 2022
    Garlic grown under EU regulations will not have been treated to prevent sprouting, as maleic hydrazide, which used to be used to inhibit sprouting in garlic and onions was banned by the EU in 2017. 

    They are stored in the presence of ethylene gas which deters sprouting, but the effect of this ceases as soon as they're out of storage. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks for that 👍
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